Second man charged with assault in connection with St. Croix stabbing


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ST. CROIX - The second of two men accused of attacking a man and stabbing him last month made his initial appearance Tuesday morning in V.I. Superior Court.

Raheem Thomas, 21, of Sion Farm, appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan and was advised of his rights on charges of first-degree assault; third-degree assault; and possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the May 15 stabbing near Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

Kaleed Ferdinand, 24, was arrested last week and faces identical charges in his case. Ferdinand subsequently was arraigned and pleaded not guilty during his initial court appearance.

According to an affidavit filed by V.I. Police Detective Cureen Smith, the assault was reported shortly after midnight on May 15.

Smith wrote that when police arrived at a gas station where the victim had been, they were told the victim had been taken in a private vehicle to Luis Hospital.

An emergency room doctor told police that the victim had lacerations on both sides of his back, that both of his lungs were partially collapsed and that he was not doing well.

Because of the man's medical condition, officers were unable to take a statement to find out how he was injured.

Smith said that two weeks later, police were able to speak to the man, and he told them that he was at home in Sion Farm on May 14 and was talking to Thomas and a woman he knew when the conversation got heated and turned into an argument.

The victim told police there was a point when Thomas pulled out a knife and the victim got a golf club from his yard, according to the affidavit.

He said a neighbor intervened and told the men to calm down, and he dropped the golf club and went for a walk to the gas station.

The victim told police that as he walked to the service station, he heard Ferdinand call out to him and tell him to wait up, Smith wrote.

The victim told police that because Ferdinand, a neighbor, was not part of the initial incident, he waited for Ferdinand. However, when Ferdinand got near the victim, Ferdinand swung a knife at him, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police that Thomas then came and held him while Ferdinand stabbed him, according to the affidavit. He said he ran and the men gave chase and stabbed him against until he broke away and got help at the gas station, according to police.

Bail for Thomas was set at $75,000 pursuant to the warrant.

Gallivan further imposed conditions that included having a third-party custodian and being placed on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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